UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has offered the Government of Japan assistance following the recent earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of the North East coast of the main island Honshu.

"As in all emergencies of such devastating magnitude, children are the most vulnerable. Working in close cooperation with the Japan Committee for UNICEF, we have offered our support to protect the children affected by this catastrophe and to provide critical services in the days ahead," said Mr Lake.

UNICEF has particular expertise in child protection including psycho-social support, education and water and sanitation following such disasters. The Japanese Committee for UNICEF, with assistance from the US Fund for UNICEF, is helping to meet the immediate needs of children and families in Japan and is working with national organisations to develop plans of action for the most affected areas.

A man carries his daughter in an emergency evacuation centre © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0420/Adam Dean
A man carries his daughter in an emergency evacuation centre for people affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, in the city of Koriyama, in Fukushima Prefecture.© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0420/Adam Dean

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